Talking Horses: Here’s hoping Thistlecrack is able to run on Boxing Day

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first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features Horse racing Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Topics Talking Horses Share on Pinterest Thistlecrack Gloam lights up Newmarket sales ring with £4.2m price tag after bidding war Share on LinkedIn Today’s best bet, by Chris CookJust a few “disrupted fibres” and yet the tendon injury sustained by One For Arthur will be enough to keep the Grand National winner off our screens for a year. What a terrible pity and especially so for everyone at the Lucinda Russell yard where he was the standout talent. It’s that time of year, I’m afraid, when jump racing fans must brace themselves for regular bits of bad news. Seemingly sturdy old beasts are tested for the first time in months and found to be crocked in some way. If, at the end of October, you do an “out for the season” search on Twitter, One For Arthur’s will not be the only name that comes up. The one I’m anxious about just now is Thistlecrack and I should say right away that I know no more on the subject than anyone else who’s been reading the papers. But it’s a mere seven months since he was discovered to have a tendon tear and he will have to go into full work pretty soon if he is to make the King George on Boxing Day, which was specified as the target for his return on the very day that news broke of his injury. Tendon tears generally take longer than that to heal up.At the end of August, his legs were reported to be “perfect”, which is great to hear. If the plan outlined that day is being followed, he’ll have done nothing more strenuous than “gentle road work” since. Here’s hoping his legs hold up when the work is stepped up next month. Until then, anyone taking 9-2 about his chance in the King George is being a bit reckless in my view. Better odds of 7-1 are available about Heaven’s Guest (2.35) at Ascot this very day, although, in fairness, he hasn’t won for more than two years. But you will tend to get a losing run from time to time if you only turn up for valuable, big-field handicaps, which has been the way for Heaven’s Guest since 2013, when he started winning heritage handicaps. He’s dropped 17lb from his peak rating and now descends into the lowest-value handicap he has contested for four and a half years. There was renewed promise last time when he was third of 17 at this track and I’m prepared to believe he now needs the step up to a mile offered by today’s contest. So there are a few reasons to be cheerful and I’ll give him a chance. /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage Tribute Act (4.20) failed horribly to cope with Goodwood last time but had looked firmly on the upgrade before that and the 100-30 is fair about her returning to that upward curve here. The step back in trip is probably helpful on this ground. Also at 100-30, As De Mee (3.55) is the nap at Fontwell, with the useful claimer Bryony Frost taking over from Sean Bowen, who rode him last season and won the Grand Sefton on him. He skipped around here on his reappearance a year ago, albeit in a weaker race, and is well up to beating these rivals on a mark which still doesn’t look too stiff. Tips for all Friday races Ascot 2.00 Alaadel 2.35 Heaven’s Guest (nb) 3.10 The Feathered Nest 3.45 Raheen House 4.20 Tribute Act 4.55 Master Singer Fontwell 2.10 Risk And Roll 2.45 Pickamix 3.20 Bright Tomorrow 3.55 As De Mee (nap) 4.30 Adarenna 5.05 Scoop The Pot Hexham 2.25 Monsieur Arkadin 3.00 Soiesauvage 3.35 Princess Tara 4.10 Little Bruce 4.45 Forest Des Aigles 5.20 Bescot Springs Chelmsford 5.45 Dance To Paris 6.15 Central City 6.45 Glendevon NR 7.15 Siege Of Boston 7.45 Alternate Route 8.15 Fantasy Gladiator 8.45 Kilbaha Lady 9.15 Diagnostic Since you’re here… Read more Share on Facebook Reuse this content Horse racing tips Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he isn’t worried by their poor away form ahead of the trip to West Ham. They have not won away from Old Trafford in eight games since the sensational 3-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain in early March, losing five of them.”Why should we coaches be concerned?” he said. “We’re looking forward to things, looking for solutions. I’ve never been concerned about anything really. I don’t walk around and worry about things. I’m looking what we can do to improve. I’ve never been a worrier.”I think we should have won at Southampton, I think we should have won the Wolverhampton one. Both should be wins.”It’s still the same size pitch, green with white lines, some fans. You’ve got to block out the mental part and play as you would in the park.”Last year we were lucky to beat them (West Ham). It will be a good test again for us. We’ve had two clean sheets now, and that will give the defenders confidence. If we can keep a clean sheet, it will be easier for the strikers. You don’t have to score twos, threes and fours every time.” last_img read more

a month agoHoeness SHOCKER: Bayern Munich players won’t join Germany if Ter Stegen No1

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hoeness SHOCKER: Bayern Munich players won’t join Germany if Ter Stegen No1by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has continued his tirade against Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Hoeness is furious with Ter Stegen questioning Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer’s status as Germany’s No1.So much so, he made the stunning threat: “If Ter Stegen is a starter, we will not relinquish our players to the national team.”Hoeness also told BILD: “We will not accept that there is a change in the goal. “Before that happens we will stop giving players to the national team.” last_img

Tottenham vs Watford: Son back in for Spurs

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first_imgTottenham play host to Watford on Wednesday in the Premier League, which Mauricio Pochettino has unashamedly made his priority this season.Exits from both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup over the course of the last week have not fazed the Argentine, whose goal is simply to guide Spurs back into the Champions League courtesy of a top-four finish.His team currently lie third, four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played a game more, but with injury problems mounting, can they maintain their momentum against opponents who have quietly established themselves into the top half of the table? Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Tottenham vs Watford Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or streamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura, Wanyama Forwards Llorente, Son Tottenham go into this encounter without two of their most important players: Harry Kane has been ruled out until March with an ankle problem while Dele Alli is forecast to be out for a similar timeframe.Ben Davies picked up a problem at the weekend that will rule him out but Moussa Sissoko will be able to feature.Son Heung-Min will start from the outset, despite playing three times for South Korea in the Asian Cup in the last fortnight.Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen; Son, Llorente. Position Watford players Goalkeepers Foster, Gomes, Dahlberg Defenders Femenia, Mariappa, Kabasele, Holebas, Cathcart, Britos, Wilmot, Prodl, Masina, Janmaat, Navarro Midfielders Cleverley, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra, Chalobah, Doucoure, Quina Forwards Deeney, Deulofeu, Success, Gray, Penaranda Watford boss Javi Gracia made 11 changes to his team for Saturday’s FA Cup match against Newcastle, which they won 2-0. He has now made widespread changes again, with only Craig Cathcart, Daryl Janmaat and Will Hughes retaining their places. Kiko Femenia and Abdoulaye Doucoure are both still on the sidelines.Watford starting XI: Foster; Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas; Cleverley, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra; Deeney, DeulofeuBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are 8/13 favourites to win this match at bet365. A draw can be backed at 31/10, while Watford are 5/1 outsiders.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham 2018On the face of things, it’s not been a good week for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham. They were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by Chelsea last Thursday then crashed out of the FA Cup three days later courtesy of a 2-0 loss against Crystal Palace.Manager Mauricio Pochettino, though, is unflustered by those defeats. He has long maintained that his success or failure with Spurs will be judged on their league and European performance and stuck by those guns after the club’s opportunity of silverware this season was likely ended.“Again, we’re going to have the debate whether a trophy will take the club to the next level,” he said after the Palace defeat.“I don’t agree with it. It only builds your ego. The most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.”He is a manager who believes in stability and consistency, which has been outlined by the club’s transfer policy over the last year. They did not sign anyone in the summer and are poised to do likewise in January unless there is a dramatic shift over the coming hours.Pochettino, though, believes that the long-term prospects look very bright, particularly because of the construction of the new stadium, the opening of which has been persistently pushed back and leaves them renting out Wembley for home matches.This is simply a hiccup along the way, according to the Argentine.“Do I see a point where Tottenham are at the same level as Real Madrid? In the future, of course,” he told the media on Tuesday, doing his best to scotch rumours that he could leave for the Spaniards in the process.“It’s all about believing and building your history.“It’s difficult, but that’s normal when you want to compete with these big sides. But I think Tottenham is going to have the infrastructure to one day be a club that can be a contender for every single title.”Watford, meanwhile, have worked their way to ninth in the Premier League off the back of a six-game undefeated run, while only Chelsea have beaten them in their last 10.Like Spurs, they are channelling their energies towards as strong a league finish as possible and will be doing everything to upset their opponents’ Champions League challenge.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

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first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Steven Robinson Bridge Steven Robinson Bridge located 11.7 kilometres west of the Annapolis east/west line on Shore Road West will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Detours are available via Youngs Mountain Road to Trunk 1 in Youngs Cove and the Parker Mountain Road to Trunk 1 in Parkers Cove.last_img

Uber hack latest example of why vigilance required to keep your wallet

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first_imgOTTAWA – When Doug Hoyes had his credit card information stolen, fraudsters used it to pay for three taxi rides in Toronto.He wasn’t in that city, but discovered the charges while routinely checking his card transactions online and notified his bank, which cancelled the card.Hoyes, a licensed insolvency trustee, says the incident illustrates the importance for individuals to keep a watchful eye on their statements in a world where financial information can be stolen in a myriad of ways.“I realize that the bank will probably cover you anyways, so you’re not going to lose any money, but do you really want to wait until they’ve used up your credit limit and you’re trying to put gas in your car and you can’t because you’re over your limit?”Earlier this week, ride-hailing company Uber came clean about a year-old hack that compromised the data of 57 million Uber riders. The information stolen included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers. The number of Canadians affected was not immediately known.News of the security breach comes just two months after Equifax Inc. said some 145 million consumers —including roughly 8,000 Canadians — had personal data, and in some cases credit card details, stolen by hackers in a massive data breach earlier this year.The thefts were the latest in what has become a regular occurrence of hackers breaking into systems and stealing customer information.While individual pieces of information like the email addresses and mobile phone numbers that were taken in the Uber theft may seem innocuous on their own, when thieves combine it with other information that may be available elsewhere, it can spell trouble.But even if you weren’t affected by the Uber or Equifax data breaches —or any others so far — you need to be vigilant because hacks are going to happen, he added.“If you weren’t impacted by this one, you probably will be impacted by the next one.”If your information is hacked, you need to change your passwords and your PINs to something that is not easily guessed, advises Lynne Santerre, a spokeswoman for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.Santerre added that if you’ve been compromised you should also contact the major credit bureaus and ask for a fraud alert to be placed on your file.“That tells lenders to contact you before approving any application for credit in your name,” she said.“So if anyone is trying to take out credit in your name, you’ll get a phone call and you’ll be able to confirm whether that application was yours.”Hoyes noted that much of the job of securing your information online isn’t up to you, but rather the companies storing it. But, he added, there are still things you can do such as reviewing credit card transactions and cancelling any credit you don’t need.Both Hoyes and Santerre recommend regularly checking your credit report with the two major agencies in Canada — Equifax and TransUnion.Checking your credit report can tip you off if your information was stolen because you will see if there are any accounts you don’t know about that may have been opened fraudulently.Hoyes also advised against giving out your social insurance number unless required because the more information that is out there, the more at risk you become.If your card issuer offers you an alert service that sends you a message when your card is used, it can be a great way to keep an eye on charges. But, Hoyes added, it’s not enough to rely on the fraud protection systems at your bank.“You’ve got to be in charge,” he said. “You’ve got to take responsibility here and be looking at these things on a regular basis.”last_img read more

Deadly bombings rock Cairo on uprising anniversary eve

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first_imgby Jay DESHMUKH, Samer AL-ATRUSHCAIRO- A car bomb struck Cairo police headquarters on Friday, the first of four blasts in Egypt’s capital that killed six people on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.The bombings, all targeting the police, came as street clashes between Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and backers of the military killed eight people, a day before planned rallies to mark the revolt that drove Hosni Mubarak from power. CCTV footage filmed from a nearby building captured the first attack, when a white pick-up truck parked on a main street outside the security directorate exploded in cloud of thick smoke.Two police officers can be seen in the video inspecting the car before walking into the headquarters, moments before the explosion.Police, who had earlier blamed a suicide bomber, confirmed to AFP the authenticity of the CCTV footage aired by Egyptian media outlets.The blast, which badly damaged the facade of the building, left a large crater in the ground and sent a plume of smoke billowing over the city.Interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif said “the vehicle tried to get close to the building but was stopped at the gate. Casualties were relatively small given the size of the blast.”Friday is the Muslim day of prayer and rest, and so relatively few people were on the streets.The bombing also damaged the nearby Museum of Islamic Art, bringing down ceilings and damaging exhibits, culture minister Mohamed Ibrahim told AFP.Hours later, a small makeshift bomb exploded near a police vehicle close to a metro station in the neighbourhood of Dokki, killing a police conscript, security officials said.Two other bombs went off hours apart in a neighbourhood close to the Giza pyramids, one killing a person and wounding four conscripts near a cinema.The other struck outside a police station, without causing any casualties, police said.“They don’t want the people to celebrate” the January 25 anniversary, the interior minister, who is also named Mohamed Ibrahim, said of the assailants.The president’s office vowed to “avenge our martyrs”.“Whoever planned, participated, financed, or incited (the attack) will be punished with the worst form of punishment,” it said.Later, at least eight people were killed when Islamist protesters clashed with their civilian opponents and police in several cities, said security officials and state media.Deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi have become a weekly ritual since the former president’s overthrow.The pro-Morsi National Pro-Legitimacy Alliance condemned the bombing of the security headquarters but said it would go ahead with its “peaceful struggle against (the) coup”.The deadliest bombings since Morsi’s overthrow have been claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Qaeda-inspired group led by Bedouin militants in the Sinai Peninsula.“The first bombing… has Ansar Beit al-Maqdis’s name all over it,” said David Barnett, a researcher on militant groups in Egypt with the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies think-tank.“The latter three might be different actors trying to take advantage of the situation,” said Barnett, referring to the apparently amateurish devices used in the last three attacks.A witness who lives in an apartment about 200 metres (yards) away from the police headquarters said he had been awakened by the explosion.“My building shook,” Yahya Attiya said.Riot police pushed back hundreds of onlookers, some of whom chanted slogans against Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement.The Brotherhood had also denied involvement in previous bombings, but was blacklisted as a terrorist group after 15 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at a police headquarters north of Cairo in December.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for that attack, but many blame the Brotherhood.“I can now call the Muslim Brotherhood the terrorist Brotherhood,” said Attiya, as he surveyed the wreckage outside the police headquarters.Scores of soldiers and police have been killed in the Sinai, and militants in the desert region have begun to expand their operations to densely populated areas along the Nile.On Thursday, masked assailants on motorbikes gunned down five policemen south of Cairo.There have also been bombings in Cairo, including a failed assassination attempt against the interior minister in September, weeks after policemen killed hundreds of Islamist demonstrators in clashes at a protest camp.More than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, have been killed in street clashes since Morsi’s overthrow.Thousands more have been jailed, including the ousted president and other Brotherhood leaders.last_img read more

Establishing a peaceful Palestinian State next to Israel long overdue – Ban

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“The establishment of a Palestinian State, living in peace next to a secure Israel, is long overdue,” Mr. Ban said, in a message marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is observed annually on 29 November.“The need to resolve this conflict has taken on greater urgency with the historic transformations taking place across the region,” he added. “I call on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to show courage and determination to seek an agreement for a two-State solution that can open up a brighter future for Palestinian and Israeli children.”Two months ago Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted Palestine’s application for UN membership. Mr. Ban noted that while this is a matter for Member States to decide, it is vital to not lose sight of the ultimate goal of reaching a negotiated peace agreement on all final status issues, including borders, security, Jerusalem and refugees.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro called for translating solidarity into positive action as she addressed UN Headquarters’ observance of the Day, which also featured remarks by a number of senior UN officials. “The international community must help steer the situation towards a historic peace agreement,” she told the meeting. “Failing to overcome mistrust will only condemn further generations of Palestinians and Israelis to conflict and suffering.”General Assembly President Nasser Abdulaziz Al-Nasser told the gathering that everything must be done to alleviate the daily suffering of the Palestinian people.“The situation on the ground is a source of great concern,” he said.Israeli construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has continued, especially in and around East Jerusalem and in Area C of the West Bank, he noted. Area C refers to the over 60 per cent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building.“Properties continue to be demolished, land continues to be confiscated and Palestinians continue to be evicted from their homes, in violation of international law and in defiance of international efforts to revive negotiations between the two sides,” said Mr. Al-Nasser, stressing the need to work collectively to attain a just and comprehensive settlement in the Middle East.The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, used the occasion of the Day to call urgent attention to the plight of the Palestinian Bedouin people of the West Bank. “The recent unprecedented pressure by Israeli authorities and settlers to expel Palestinian Bedouin communities from Area C is deplorable, illegal and must cease,” Mr. Falk said in a news release. In recent months, approximately 2,300 Bedouins who reside in 20 impoverished communities in the hills east of Jerusalem have been informed by the Israeli authorities that they must leave the area, as part of a plan to expel Bedouin communities living in Area C. “The proposed transfer of Bedouin communities raises a number of concerns under human rights law, especially with respect to forced eviction and forced displacement,” noted the rapporteur.In connection with the Day, a photo exhibit entitled “Palestinian Vista” will be open today at UN Headquarters in New York, featuring paintings by Ibrahim Shalaby, a Canadian-Palestinian architect and artist born in Jordan.The exhibit will also feature ceramics and textiles presented by Farah and Hanan Munayyer, the co-founders of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation – a cultural and educational organization aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of Arab and Palestinian culture and traditions.Also today, the Assembly began its annual debate on the question of Palestine, during which Mr. Al-Nasser stated that the 193-member body has a “special responsibility” to renew and reaffirm its commitment to finding a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine. “It is my conviction that the General Assembly has a role to play,” he stated, citing the need to work together to achieve a peace settlement that results in two viable, sovereign and independent States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized pre-1967 borders. “Therefore, we should all work together to be able to receive, as soon as possible, Palestine as a new member of our Organization. I will not spare any effort in this direction.” 29 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led a chorus of United Nations officials in stressing the need for a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine and achieving a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. read more

Sajin Vass granted bail in Mihin Lanka case

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Former Parliamentarian Sajin De Vass Gunawardena was granted bail today in the Mihin Lanka case.Gunawardena was accused of entering into an illegal deal with a Singapore based company when he was the Chief Operating Officer of Mihin Lanka. The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court granted bail to the former MP when the case was heard today. (Colombo Gazette)

Bridge opening provides commuter relief

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The closure of the Burlington Skyway Bridge has been playing havoc with commuters of all kinds.The Red Hill Parkway to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway to Highway 403 is one of 4 alternate routes that drivers have been taking since the closure of the Burlington Skyway on Thursday. Traffic is moving slowly but it is moving. There are some bottlenecks giving drivers some headaches but commuters seem to have taken the advice of transportation planners and have avoided creating gridlock at the Skyway today.

Ban welcomes generally peaceful polls in Ukraine expresses alarm at fresh violence

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“The Secretary-General welcomes the fact that polling in most of Ukraine took place in a generally peaceful and orderly manner and largely in line with international standards and fundamental freedoms, according to a number of national and international monitors,” according to a statement read out be a UN spokesperson.At the same time however, Mr. Ban is concerned that eligible voters were denied the right to vote in parts of eastern Ukraine, said the statement, echoing media reports suggesting polling irregularities and disruptions in the east, which has seen a wave of anti-Government sentiment over the past two months.“The SG is alarmed by continuing violence in the east, where clashes in Donetsk left dozens dead yesterday,” the statement went on to say, adding that the UN chief urged that restoration of State control over Government facilities be achieved through exclusively peaceful means, including an inclusive political dialogue. read more

UNbacked Expo in Milan spotlights need to ensure healthy safe and sufficient

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“The UN is proud to be here to highlight the cause of food security,” Mr. Ban said in his welcome video message screened in the UN Garden, an open-air area close to ‘Pavilion Zero’ and the Expo’s entrance, where visitors will be introduced to the UN theme for Expo 2015, ‘The Zero Hunger Challenge: United for a Sustainable World.’Expo Milano 2015 runs through 31 October. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries, will showcase the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe food for everyone, while respecting the planet. The Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area. A platform for the exchange of ideas on the theme of food, and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries.Today, the Secretary-General also emphasized the need to urgently redress the dramatic imbalance in the global distribution of food, reiterating his global call-to-action for a world without hunger. “Everyone has a role to play,” stressed Mr. Ban, inviting visitors to discover UN content throughout the Expo site and learn how the Zero Hunger Challenge relates to each and every one of us. “This is why I launched the Zero Hunger Challenge, a global call to action for a world without hungry. We have brought this challenge to Expo Milano 2015. All of you have a role to play. We can do it if we can work together,” the UN chief said. Mr. Ban’s initiative encourages participation by a range of organizations, social movements and people to end hunger in this lifetime. It promotes more investments and increased development cooperation, in line with existing national and international agreements. For the first time in the history of universal expositions, the UN will not have a single pavilion but a horizontal presence, with content spread across numerous areas of the Expo site. Eighteen giant spoon installations comprise the UN presence, representing the five pillars of the Zero Hunger Challenge, women’s empowerment and gender equality and other UN content related to Expo’s thematic areas. Each spoon will be positioned in a UN space at the Expo site, including at the Pavilion Zero, which is expected to attract some 40 per cent of all Expo visitors. A number of UN panels or stele will be located throughout the Pavilion informing visitors, in a simple storytelling style, about the links between the concepts present in each of the rooms. The UN presence will emphasize the strong link between the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and one of the fundamental UN missions: ensuring that all people have the access to safe and nutritious food to lead healthy and active lives, without compromising the needs of future generations.Expo Milano 2015 will run through 31 October 2015 on the theme, “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life.” The participation of the UN provides a unique opportunity to build momentum around food-related issues. In this regard, Mr. Ban has designated the Organization’s Rome-based agencies – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Programme (WFP) – under the Director-General of FAO, to lead in the coordination of the 20 UN agencies participating at Expo. Yesterday, the Expo held an inaugural concert which featured UN Messenger of Peace Lang Lang, who performed with the Teatro alla Scala chorus and orchestra and by the Teatro alla Scala Academy orchestra. “As a United Nations Messenger of Peace, I can’t help but think of the extreme suffering in nearby countries and in the Mediterranean Sea,” said Mr. Lang in remarks to the press. “Exploitation, abuse and the criminals associated with it, represent a form of modern slavery that can’t be tolerated,” he added, calling for global attention to address the crisis. read more

Wilbek announced Danish squad for the EHF EURO 2012 Single injury –

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← Previous Story Big loss for France: William Accambray will miss EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Ambitious Serbs want medal – Cutura as a “Joker” of Veselin Vukovic? Danish NT coach, Ulrik Wilbek announced official squad for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia:– Players are in the period ahead with really tough program. Single injury cause very big problem.Goalkeepers:Niklas Landin Jacobsen, Bjerringbro-SilkeborgSørenn Rasmussen, SG Flensburg-HandewittJannick Green Krejberg, Bjerringbro-SilkeborgMarcus Cleverly, KS Vive KielcePlayers:Thomas Mogensen, SG Flensburg-HandewittMads Christiansen, Team Tvis HolstebroLasse M. Boesen, KIF KoldingAnders Oechsler, KIF KoldingRasmus Lauge Schmidt, Bjerringbro-SilkeborgLars Christiansen, KIF KoldingNikolaj Markussen, Atletico MadridAnders Eggert Jensen, SG Flensburg-HandewittBo Spellerberg, KIF KoldingMichael V. Knudsen, SG Flensburg-HandewittJesper Nøddesbo, FC BarcelonaLasse Svan Hansen, SG Flensburg-HandewittHans Lindberg, HSV HamburgRené Toft Hansen, AG KøbenhavnHenrik Møllgaard Jensen, Aalborg HåndboldKasper Søndergaard Sarup, Skjern HåndboldHenrik Toft Hansen, AG KøbenhavnMikkel Hansen, AG KøbenhavnKasper Nielsen, Bjerringbro-SilkeborgJakob Green Jensen, Team Tvis HolstebroKasper Irming Andersen, KIF KoldingCasper U. Mortensen, Viborg HKMorten Olsen, TSV Hannover-BurgdorfMads Mensah Larsen, AG København read more

Worlds most advanced giant telescope mirror is completed

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first_imgWhat does it take to build the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which will one day the be the largest telescope on Earth, and produce images 10 times sharper than the Hubble? The answer is a lot of smart people, a build site that’s high up and away from light pollution (preferably a mountaintop in the Chilean Andes) and a set of very large, precisely fabricated mirrors.Scientists at the University of Arizona and in California recently completed the first of seven 27.5-foot mirrors to be used in the GMT, and that task was a feat of engineering by itself. Since the mirrors will be mounted together into a single 82-foot optical surface, each of the outer six has to be made into a perfectly curved shape. The final products can’t be off by more than 1/20 of a wavelength of green light, or about 25 nanometers, and creating them is rated at ten times the difficulty of any previous large telescope mirror.Although the GMT team still has six more huge mirrors to make (the second was cast in January and the third will be cast in August 2013), completing the first was a big milestone. Now that it’s clear that the fabrication equipment and techniques are up to the task, the team can move toward the GMT’s 2019 completion goal with a little more confidence.Eventually each completed mirror will be mounted into its own support cell inside the telescope, and a complex mechanism will ensure that all seven stay perfectly aligned. Once in place, light from distant objects will reflect off the big mirrors, up to seven smaller secondary mirrors, and down through the opening in the center mirror to be recorded by cameras below. The concentrated light can then be measured to determine how far away the objects are and what they are made of.GMTO via uanews.orglast_img read more

Sen Cantwell praises volcano resources

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first_imgU.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., addressed a new law that will dedicate more resources to volcano monitoring during a Thursday visit to the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver.The National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act, which was signed into law last week as part of a massive land management package, directs resources into early warning and monitoring systems. The idea is to give scientists the tools to provide faster, more accurate information in the case of an emergency.The law allocates $55 million over five years to beef up volcano monitoring systems with more sensors, seismometers and GPS devices. It also combines the network of five volcano monitoring stations nationwide into a single system in an effort to ensure 24/7 coverage and standardize the monitoring process.“We definitely can’t stop volcanoes from erupting. But we can put better tools in place to give the communities and scientists in place better information,” Cantwell said, addressing a room of scientists and local policymakers. “And from that, our local communities can develop better communication and response plans.”Bart Hansen, Vancouver’s mayor pro tem, also attended the event. He said that Southwest Washington’s growth since Mount St. Helens’ major eruption in 1980 means that the stakes are even higher now.last_img read more

Liverpool accept Rosenborg bid for Chirivella

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first_imgLiverpool have accepted a bid worth up to £3.5 million ($4.5m) from Rosenborg for their young midfielder Pedro Chirivella according to Goal.comChirivella, 21, looks set to leave Anfield after failing to nail a place in the first team, with the Norwegian outfit offering him an alternativeThe Spaniard has played regularly during the Reds’ pre-season campaign and featured in the 4-1 win over Manchester United in Michigan on Saturday.But having returned to Merseyside with the rest of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, the 21-year-old is now set to travel to Norway to conclude his transfer.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The deal is expected to be completed before Rosenborg take on Celtic in their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.Liverpool will receive £2.4m ($3.1m) up front with the rest in performance-related bonuses. The Reds have insisted on a buy-back option, which will apply for the first three years of Chirivella’s new contract.Signed from Valencia in 2013, Chirivella went to make five senior appearances at Anfield, including his Premier League debut under Klopp against Swansea City in May 2016.He spent the last two seasons on loan in the Netherlands, first with Go Ahead Eagles and then last season at Willem II.last_img read more

West Zone Police arrested Koganti Satyam and other four accused

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first_imgHyderabad: The Hyderabad West Zone police on Monday busted the Steel trader Ram Prasad murder case and arrested five accused including the main accused Koganti Satyam. Addresing the media West Zone DCP A R Srinivas said that due to the business rivalry and delay in the payment of Rs 23 crore, Koganti Satyam hatched a plan and executed the murder of Ram Prasad. He gave Rs 3 lakh to the accused to execute the murder and the dealing was settled for just Rs 10 lakh. He said efforts are going on to nab the other six accused who are absconding. DCP said steps will be taken to provide security to the deceased family members if needed.last_img

Warframe FreetoPlay Shooter to Launch in PlayStation 4 VIDEO

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first_img“Warframe”, the free-to-play shooter from Digital Extremes, will arrive as a launch title in Sony’s PlayStation 4. Digital Extremes is also set to develop both PC and PS4 versions of the game.According to Steve Sinclair, creative director of the game, Warframe is a big, messy, ninja game. “Sony caught wind of (Warframe), and said, ‘hey what do you think of bringing it over to Playstation 4?’, and we were very surprised to hear that,” he said in an interview.He also added that it is not just big publishers, but even console manufactures interact with independent developers.According to him, “Warframe” for PS4 will take full advantage of the console’s features and the DualShock 4’s unusual functionality – comprising its touch pad – is going to play an integral part in “Warframe”.  The game will maintain its harsh third-person action, and may even bundle new monthly content and applications for both iOS and Android. Sinclair suggests that “Warframe” may remain exclusive to PlayStation 4 alone.”Well, so far, it’s looking that way, yes,” he said.Warframe for PC is a four player, co-op shooter set in the outer space. It introduces players as Tenno, who are masters of the ancient exo-skeletal Warframe armour, which only they can operate. The new dark age sees the Tenno race on the verge of extinction after centuries of enslavement by the Grineer.Arming themselves with Warframes, which lay hidden and undiscovered are the only hope of survival for Tenno.  Lotus will guide you to the Warframes and their mysterious powers which will equip you to win over the Grineer, whose vast armies are already spreading throughout the solar system.Digital Extremes, the 20-year-old studio, is already famed for its popular titles such as “Dark Sector”, “Darknesss II” and “Star Trek”.Watch open beta launch trailer of ‘Warframe” here”last_img read more

Muthoot Capital Services Shares Now Trade on NSE

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first_imgShares of Muthoot Capital Services Limited (MCSL), a major two wheeler finance company in South India, have been listed on National Stock Exchange (NSE). The shares of the MCSL, which were earlier traded on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), started trading on NSE on 24 August.Muthoot Capital Services Limited, a Non-Banking Financial Services Company (NBFC), is the first listed entity of Muthoot Pappachan Group (MPG).It is a ”Category A” Company authorised to ‘take deposits’ under the NBFC licensed by RBI. MCSL was incorporated in 1994 and was listed on the BSE in 1995 through an Initial Public Offer (IPO) followed by a successful Rights Issue in 2011.”MCSL has been able to maintain its growth momentum since inception. Our diversified business model and trust engulfed by our investors on MCSL has largely contributed to the overall success for the company. This has resulted in offering our investors with healthy dividends. Listing the shares on the national stock exchange will help us to further add value in our offerings to all the stakeholders,” said Thomas George Muthoot Managing Director Muthoot Capital Services Limited.The company has presence in eight states viz Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. The company is planning an aggressive foray into the North Indian States.The company’s expansion in the north will be based out of Delhi. The company plans to tap the huge potential available for two-wheeler financing products starting with Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab.The company has posted a net profit of 3.75 crore for the June quarter and its total income stood at Rs. 50.65 crores, up12.06% compared to the same quarter a year ago.last_img read more

Two Children Killed In Family Violence Shooting In Northeast Harris County

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first_img Share Image captured from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Twitter feed / @HCSOTexasHarris County Sheriff ed Gonzalez said during a media briefing that the fatal shooting was related to “family violence.”Two children and one adult male are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.Gonzalez said it appears the shooting was related to what he called “family violence.” The adult may have been the father of one of the kids.Gonzalez said the boy and girl were probably between the ages of 7 and 12.“It’s definitely a dark day here in Harris County, another situation of family violence. It’s very sad and unfortunate that we still see situations like this occur,” the Sheriff noted.The shooting happened at a home in the 14-thousand block of Edgeboro in northeast Houston.Earlier on Thursday, a woman taking care of her two grandchildren reported them missing from her home. Police believe the cases are related and authorities are still investigating.You can watch Sheriff Gonzalez’s media briefing here:Update on murder-suicide scene at 14000 Edgeboro in NE Harris County with @SheriffEd_HCSO https://t.co/EKCmmJjZFW— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) July 12, 2018last_img read more